MLB Under the Bleachers: June 1st

Under the BleachersContributor IJune 1, 2009

SEATTLE - MAY 22:  Randy Johnson #51 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Seattle Mariners on May 22, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Giants 2-1 in twelve innings. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Big Unit May Be the Tallest, But He's Not the Last

Barring some truly unexpected development, Randy Johnson will become baseball's newest 300-game winner within the next couple of weeks. With no obvious candidates left to join the elite club, it's reasonable to ask if the Big Unit will be the last guy ever to win 300 games. 

No way, says this writer. We may not know who the next big winner will be, but someone will come along to do it. Heck, just ask any Yankees fan; Phil Hughes is only 292 wins shy. Piece of cake.


A Giants Fan Eats Some Crow

It takes a big man to admit he's wrong, and it takes an even bigger one to admit his hated rivals have a great team. That's exactly what one Giants fan does here, though, as he confesses that the Dodgers are really good and the class of the NL West. 

You've got to admit, though, that it's easier to give the Dodgers some props when even Juan Pierre is hitting better than the Giants' first basemen. Said Travis Ishikawa and Rich Aurilia: "Now wait just a...oh, wow, look at our stats. We really are that bad."

Milton Keeps Seeing Black Helicopters!

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Milton Bradley thinks everyone's out to get him. The umps, Jeff Kent, his former manager Eric Wedge...they're all conspiring to hold old Milt down. With all of these theories, is Bradley the most paranoid man in sports? 

Here's one writer's case that he is. Ron Artest would write a scathing rebuttal in his own favor, but there's no way he's taking off his tinfoil hat long enough to write an email.  That's when they get you.



Good Things Are Brewing

Losing CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets while adding just Braden Looper doesn't sound like a recipe for playoff contention, yet the Brewers are looking pretty solid so far. 

You know who's not surprised, though? Their fans. Here's the case for the Brew Crew being in just the right position going forward. The team looks like it's in good shape, but trading for another rotund starter like they did last year probably wouldn't hurt their playoff chances.

Someone send Jake Peavy a pie and ask him to waive his no-trade clause!



Yippee for Wang!

Chien-Ming Wang's ERA currently sits at 20.45. That's a mind-boggling number, but what's even more amazing is that it's actually over 14 runs lower than it was when he rejoined the Yankees' staff after a DL stint. 

What exactly is the sinkerballer's problem? Here's an argument that Wang may have contracted the dreaded yips, the bane of golfers everywhere. For Wang's sake, let's hope he gets back on track; you know things have gotten bad when even Chuck Knoblauch is mocking you for being a headcase.